A Georgia man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Wednesday for kidnapping his daughter in Charlotte and fleeing with her to Egypt.
Federal prosecutors said 46-year-old Divett Lidrell Mays of Atlanta picked up his daughter for a weekend visit in May 2011, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Mays and the child’s mother had agreed he could take his daughter to Atlanta for a few days, the release states.
Instead, Mays took the child to Egypt, where he stayed with her for three years.
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In December 2014, the FBI and U.S. State Department brought Mays’ daughter back to the U.S. and reunited her with her mother, according to the release.
It was later discovered that Mays had no immigration status in Egypt and had outstanding charges in the United States, so he was brought back to the country as well.
Officials determined Mays was able to take his daughter to Egypt by obtaining a passport through fraud, according to the release. He created a passport for his daughter by forging her mother’s signature on a two-parent consent form in an application for the passport.
All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole, officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
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